Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu

Explore this magic trail

Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Why choose the Lares Valley Trek?

If your are looking for an new experiences, out the classic Inka Trail. The Lares valley trek is a perfect alternative to the classic Inca Trail, this Lares trail still offers you the beauty of the Andes with less crowds and also offers you the opportunity to learn and experience the rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities. and here you have the opportunity to see the villagers with his traditional clothes like in the past time.

Day-by-Day Summary

DAY 1: Cusco – Lares Hot Springs - Cuncani - Huacawasi base camp
DAY 2: Huacawasi - Lares Valley- Condor Pass - Queunayoc Base Camp
DAY 3: Queunayoc - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Village
DAY 4: The Expected Day – The Inca Citadel (Machu Picchu) - Cusco


  • Live the Lares Trail through Machu Picchu, learning the mysteries of the andes, valleys, peaks, lakes, and more with less trekkers.
  • Discover how beautiful are the andes mountains

Places Visited

Lares HotSprings, Lakes, Andean land scapes, Aguas Calientes Village, Machu picchu.

Departures:Our company has daily departures to Salkantay, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
Starting From
USD 450
  • Duration:
    4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    1 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    2 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Challenging (depends on your level of fitness).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car

Lares Trek Day 1: Cusco - Lares Hot Spring - Cuncani

After Breakfast, we will pick up you from your hotel, to travel for three hours to Lares village and Hot Springs (3200 meters/10,500 feet) the Lares trek trailhead. Here we will have a snack before entering the various pools of steaming and medicinal waters of the hot springs.
After that we will have a 3 hours gradual hike uphill, where we take our lunch and time for a short rest, then we will continue with a 3 hours uphill trek, through Lares valley, where has past streams, waterfalls and the native flora and fauna. After walk for 3 hours we arrived to our first campsite is at a small village where we can see the locals. Here we will have the possibility to share hot chocolate and bread with the local Quechua-speaking children. Finally, we take our dinner and take a rest all night.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in Huacawasi
  • Maximum Altitude: 3800 meters
  • Walking Distance: 11 km approx.

Lares trek Day 2: Huacawasi - Lares Valley- Condor Pass - Queunayoc

You will be awakened today at 5:00AM with a hot cup of coca tea. After we take our delicious breakfast prepared by one of our professional.
We leave our campsite at 7:30AM for a 4 hour uphill trek with incredible Landscapes of the snow-capped peaks, llamas, alpacas, valleys, lagoons, and if we have lucky, a condor flying. Continuing with our walking we reach to the highest altitude called Condor’s Pass (4650 meters/15,250 feet); where we have a short break and soak of the magnificent views of the Lares Valley. Then we start our descent for another 1½ hour to place where we will have our lunch break and our chef will serve hot drinks and delicious family-style foods. Time for a short rest before to walk by 2-hour downhill afternoon to our campsite, where we will arrive for the evening and we have a super yummy dinner. Today you will probably be tired after a full day of trekking and want to go early to rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in Quenayoc
  • Maximum Altitude: 3600 meters
  • Walking Distance: 15 km approx.

Lares trek Day 3: Queunayoc - Pumahuanca - Ollantaytambo

Today you have the opportunity to sleep more, at 6:30AM we get up accompanied by coca tea or hot chocolate. After packing up, breakfast will be served and around 8:00AM, and after we will start the last leg of our trek.
A four hour downhill trek, during the Lares trail we will exploring beautiful waterfalls, gigantic Rocky Mountains and a small Inca archaeological site, where your guide will provide you a short lesson in Inca history. At the end of the trail, you will have your final lunch before saying good-bye to all our team. After that, we will travel by car to Ollantaytambo Town, which is dominated by massive Inca stones. This quaint village is the best surviving example of Inca ancient cities, from here you’ll take the 2-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes town near to Machu Picchu, at the train station our personal will be wait you to transfer to the hotel. Moreover, here we have our last dinner (which is included) will be in a local restaurant. Your hotel in Aguas Calientes is a 2-star hotel with private bath and wifi. If you would like to upgrade, please let us know.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: hotel night
  • Maximum Altitude: 3600 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2000 meters
  • Walking Distance: 10 km approx.

Lares Trek Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

To have a great visit in Machupicchu we go out very early like 05th00 am. If we go out very early we avoid a big touristic groups and we enjoy much better the visit to Machupicchu.we enjoy a spectacular sunrise over mountains of Machupicchu if the weather is good. To go to Machupicchu citadel we will trip by bus this trip is around 40 minutes. On the way, you can see jungle sceneries. Finally we arrive to Machupicchu where you have 2 hours guide with our professional guide, during the guide we will visit vigilant house, Intiwatana that is located in the top part of citadel, Sun temple, condor temple and another important sectors.
After the guide, you will have free time to explore the citadel. At 15th00, you have to come back to Aguas Calientes town by bus to have your lunch and take your train until Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo train station our personal wait you to transfer to hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast

  • ENTRANCE TIKETS: In our treks, the entrance to MachuPicchu archaeological site is included.
  • BRIEFING: Two or one night before your expeditions, we are going to your hotel or you will come to our office for your briefing, it is an information session for the tril to be ready to 100% for the trek day.
  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: All our guides studied English and Tourism at the University, institutes, and have many months giving support to the trekkers before to start to work in this kind of adventures like a guide.
  • HOTEL:The activity include 2 nights in tents and 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes village. We include a two star hotel with shared rooms (Double, Marital and Triple rooms). If you would like to upgrade your hotel level or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
  • FOOD & CHEFS: Many of our customers comments about the wonders of our chefs. They make magic happen on the trail in a small tent over a single flame. The food is served family style, there will be plenty of options for everyone, and always food left over. If you are vegetarian, it is not problem for us, just tell us and you will have vegetarian food. Each day will consist of breakfast, lunch, happy hour with tea and snacks and dinner. Your last meal will be breakfast of the last day. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • TRANSPORTATION: All the transportations during the trek are included, we will pick you up from your hotel at around 6 AM and carried to the trailhead (day 1), the transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (day4), One Way bus from Aguas Caleintes to Machupicchu (day 4).
  • TRAIN EXPEDITION: Are included the round trip train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Village the day 3 and the day 4 We will board the 18:25PM train from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo village. From where we transfer you to Cusco city in our car.
  • HORSES AND SUPPORT STAFF: We include horses and horsemen who is responsible for carrying your duffel (7 kg of bag) with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing session and this should be filled with the things you will need on your adventure, but not during the actual hiking time.During the trek you have to bring your own daypack with the essential things, because you will have access to your duffel bag only at your evening campsite.
  • FIRST AID: Your safety is our number 1 concern. All our guides are trained to provide support in these causes. They all will have first aid kits and full oxygen bottle in case anything happens. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed and will make sure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. This is not something to worry about - but if something happens, we will be there for you.Note: before to do the trek or any type of adventure tour, we recommend you to visit your doctor and explain about the activity that will do, and please try to bring a small first aid bag each according to your conditions to stay peaceful.
  • RENTALS: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when you choose a trek with camping. Inflatable air matts are optional, but do help in getting a good night sleep. Walking sticks are definitely encouraged and must have a rubber tip when bringing your own. If you do not have or want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • HUAYNAPICCHU: Huaynapicchu is the mountain located inside the Machu Picchu Park and has beautiful views from the top. It takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down and is quite steep for those scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu and is $20 per person to hike. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least a month or two prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.


• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD


• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.

The Prices are per traveler:

Shared Service Departures Price
Without Hotel Every Day $ 500 USD $ 480
with Hotel Every Day $ 470 USD $ 450

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

Without hotel: -30 USD per person if you book for your own.

Private Service Departures Price per person
02 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 620
03 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 600
04 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 550
05 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 530
06 -07 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 500
08 to + Trekkers Every Day USD $ 480


STUDENT DISCOUNT: $20 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to




This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.


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